For centuries sail power was the main method of traversing the seas, whether from small local fishing vessels through to the large fully rigged ships. We have a diverse range of artefacts from the age of sail with key sites and themes being:
- Navigation – featuring astrolabes, octants and sextants, also ships clocks, telescopes and compasses.
- Santa Lucia – the 16th century Protected Wreck at Yarmouth Roads, including the rare bronze Alberghetti gun from the site.
- Henry Addington – the East India Company ship wrecked in 1798 while bound from London to India and China.
- The ‘gun deck’ – showing a typical gun deck of the 18th century on a naval vessel, here we recreate where the ships surgeon would have worked on injured sailors in confined space with minimal equipment.